740.00119 PW/9–2045: Telegram

The Ambassador in Portugal (Baruch) to the Secretary of State

1970. Foreign Office was informed orally this morning of the substance of Deptel 1524, Sept 19, and Mathias renewed his expressions of satisfaction at the position taken by the US Govt stating at the same time that Salazar had also indicated his own satisfaction therewith. As Deptel 1524 specified oral statement of our position, formal communication mentioned in last sentence of Emtel 1962, Sept 19, has not been made. Mathias made it clear that Portuguese would like if possible to receive a note setting forth our position in this matter, feeling that it would be useful for the record and of benefit to our relations. Provided the Dept perceives no objection, Embassy considers it would be helpful if this suggestion of Mathias could be met and would appreciate Depts telegraphic instructions.46

  1. The Department replied in telegram 1539, September 21, 4 p.m., that it believed that oral communications already made were sufficient (740.00119 PW/9–2045).